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Ok, this is a short diary (more like a footnote), but if she's well enough, which is not certain, wouldn't she be a wonderful choice?

Think of it: Nate Silver describes how the Dems are vaguely within strikng distance in AZ, though it's a  hard state for any Dem to win, much harder than neighboring NV or CO, but who else could even come close? Plus, Congresswoman Giffords has the respect of people in AZ

If she's well enough... Go Gabby go!

The other Democrat is their congresswoman in the 8th district: Gabrielle Giffords. Had she not been shot in Tucson earlier this year, she would probably be their most formidable candidate — a telegenic moderate who had won her last three elections, under highly varied circumstances, in a district that is quite representative (both politically and demographically) of Arizona as a whole. Mr. Giffords, in fact, had contemplated entering the race had Mr. Kyl retired, according to the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza.

I apologize for the use of the past tense; Ms. Giffords, miraculously, is still with us, and her condition is improving. And some reports, like Mr. Cillizza’s, suggest that she could still conceivably be a candidate in 2012.

I would suggest, however, that there is a difference between our not being able to rule out a run by Ms. Giffords and it being anything more than a remote possibility. Recovery from severe brain injuries, to the extent it is achieved, often requires two to three years. And running for the United States Senate is something that would presumably require relatively full use of one’s mental faculties, even if Ms. Giffords would be graded sympathetically by voters. -- Nate Silver

Yes, Mr. Silver, but she is recovering miraculously--so who knows?

Originally posted to NY Writer on Thu Feb 10, 2011 at 09:16 PM PST.

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